Best Documentary Movies of 2022


Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

8.0/10 IMDB

An enchanting making-of story told through all-new in-depth interviews and cast conversations, inviting fans on a magical first-person journey through one of the most beloved film franchises of all time.

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman, Imelda Staunton, Tom Felton, James Phelps ..
Directed by: Eran Creevy, Giorgio Testi, Joe Pearlman, Casey Patterson
Release date: 2022-01-01

The Swimmers

7.4/10 IMDB

From war-torn Syria to the 2016 Rio Olympics, two young sisters embark on a risky voyage, putting their hearts and their swimming skills to heroic use.

Starring: Matthias Schweighöfer, Ali Soliman, James Floyd, Ahmed Malek, Manal Issa, Kinda Alloush, Nahel Tzegai, Elmi Rashid Elmi, Nathalie Issa, Carlotta De Gregori ..
Directed by: Sally El Hosaini
Release date: 2022-11-24

Fire of Love

7.6/10 IMDB

A doomed love triangle between intrepid French scientists Katia and Maurice Krafft, and their beloved volcanoes.

Starring: Miranda July, Katia Krafft, Maurice Krafft ..
Directed by: Sara Dosa
Release date: 2022-07-06

Downfall: The Case Against Boeing

7.4/10 IMDB

Investigators reveal how Boeing’s alleged priority of profit over safety could have contributed to two catastrophic crashes within months of each other.

Starring: John Fantasia ..
Directed by: Rory Kennedy
Release date: 2022-02-09

Girl in the Picture

7.2/10 IMDB

A young mother’s mysterious death and her son’s subsequent kidnapping blow open a decades-long mystery about the woman’s true identity, and the murderous federal fugitive at the center of it all.

Starring: Natalie De Vincentiis, Mark Chinnery, Sarah French, Dana Mackin, Meg Schimelpfenig, Robert Christopher Smith ..
Directed by: Skye Borgman
Release date: 2022-07-06

The Tinder Swindler

7.1/10 IMDB

Posing as a wealthy, jet-setting diamond mogul, an Israeli conman wooed women online then conned them out of millions of dollars. Now some victims plan for payback.

Starring: Cecilie Fjellhøy, Shimon Yehuda Hayut, Pernilla Sjöholm, Ayleen Charlotte, Kristoffer Kumar, Erlend Ofte Arntsen, Natalie Remøe Hansen, Josh King JetSet Madrid ..
Directed by: Felicity Morris
Release date: 2022-02-02

Jackass Forever

6.9/10 IMDB

The Jackass crew, along with some newcomers, returns for one final round of hilarious, absurd, and dangerous stunts.

Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Preston Lacy, Jason Acuña, Bam Margera, Jason Acuña, Dave England, Preston Lacy, Ehren McGhehey ..
Directed by: Jeff Tremaine
Release date: 2022-02-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2022 : Inside the Final Season of Better Call Saul

Inside the Final Season of Better Call Saul

8.9/10 IMDB

Behind the scenes of the final season of Better Call Saul; a prequel to Breaking Bad.

Starring: Bob Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks, Michael Mando, Patrick Fabian, Giancarlo Esposito, Tony Dalton, Michael McKean, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul ..
Directed by: Peter Gould, Vince Gilligan
Release date: 2022-08-29

What Is a Woman?

8.4/10 IMDB

Political commentator Matt Walsh explores the changing concepts of sex and gender in the digital age, particularly the transgender rights movement, transphobia, and what it means to be a woman.

Starring: Matt Walsh, Phil McGraw, Marci Bowers, Gert Comfrey, Michelle Forcier, Scott Newgent, Jordan B. Peterson, Debra Soh, Don Sucher, Mark Takano ..
Directed by: Justin Folk
Release date: 2022-06-01


7.8/10 IMDB

In candid conversations with actor Jonah Hill, leading psychiatrist Phil Stutz explores his early life experiences and unique, visual model of therapy.

Starring: Jonah Hill, Phil Stutz ..
Directed by: Jonah Hill
Release date: 2022-11-14

Our Father

6.6/10 IMDB

After a woman's at-home DNA test reveals multiple half-siblings, she discovers a shocking scheme involving donor sperm and a popular fertility doctor.

Starring: Donald Cline, Jacoba Ballard, Angela Ganote, Kylene Gott, Julie Harmon, Jason Hyatt, Matt White, Heather Woock, Dianna Kiesler, Liz White ..
Directed by: Lucie Jourdan
Release date: 2022-05-11
Best Documentary Movies of 2022 : Jackass 4.5

Jackass 4.5

6.5/10 IMDB

Through outrageous, never-before-seen footage, witness the making of the Jackass crew's last go at wild stunts.

Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Ehren McGhehey, Jason Acuña, Preston Lacy, Zach Holmes, Sean «Poopies» McInerney, Jasper Dolphin ..
Directed by: Jeff Tremaine
Release date: 2022-05-20

The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari

7.3/10 IMDB

A close examination of the Whakaari / White Island volcanic eruption of 2019 in which 22 lives were lost, the film viscerally recounts a day when ordinary people were called upon to do extraordinary things, placing this tragic event within the larger context of nature, resilience, and the power of our shared humanity.

Directed by: Rory Kennedy
Release date: 2022-11-03

Uncle Tom II: An American Odyssey

8.5/10 IMDB

Uncle Tom II is an odyssey depicting the gradual demoralization of America through Marxist infiltration of its institutions. The film explores how this deceptive ideology has torn apart the fabric of society while using black America as its number one tool for its destruction. From Executive Producer Larry Elder and Director Justin Malone, comes the continuation of their highly acclaimed film, Uncle Tom (2020). Uncle Tom II will take the audience deeper into black America’s often eradicated history of honorable men, entrepreneurship, prosperity, faith, and patriotism, to its current perceived state of anger, discontent and victimhood.

Starring: Larry Elder, Ben Carson, Chad Jackson, Brandon Tatum, Jesse Lee Peterson, Voddie Baucham Jr., Carol Swain, Allen West, Stephen Broden, Darrell Harrison ..
Directed by: Justin Malone
Release date: 2022-08-26

Inside the Mind of a Cat

6.9/10 IMDB

Cat experts dive into the mind of the feline to reveal the true capabilities of the pouncing pet in this captivating and cuddly documentary.

Starring: Yuki Hattori, Maryna Savitska, Svitlana Savytska, Wailani Sung, Kristin Vitale ..
Directed by: Andy Mitchell
Release date: 2022-08-18

Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi's Return

7.2/10 IMDB

A new documentary that showcases the making of the epic limited series. Features never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews and visits to the creature shop and props department.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Deborah Chow, Moses Ingram, Vivien Lyra Blair, Joby Harold, Rupert Friend, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani ..
Directed by: Deborah Chow, David Gelb
Release date: 2022-09-08

Moonage Daydream

7.8/10 IMDB

A cinematic odyssey featuring never-before-seen footage exploring David Bowie's creative and musical journey.

Starring: David Bowie, Lou Reed, Dick Cavett, Bing Crosby, Max Schreck, Charlie Chaplin, Russell Harty, Iman, Elizabeth Taylor, Tina Turner ..
Directed by: Brett Morgen
Release date: 2022-09-15

Return to Space

7.3/10 IMDB

The inspirational rise of SpaceX as well as Elon Musk's two-decade effort to resurrect America’s space travel ambitions.

Starring: Elon Musk, Douglas Hurley, Robert Behnken, James Bridenstine, Tim Dodd, Hans-Jörg Koenigsmann, Gwynne Shotwell, Lars Blackmore, Megan McArthur, Kiko Dontchev ..
Directed by: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin
Release date: 2022-04-07

Jennifer Lopez: Halftime

6.5/10 IMDB

Global superstar Jennifer Lopez reflects on her multifaceted career and the pressure of life in the spotlight in this intimate documentary.

Starring: Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck, Lorene Scafaria, Shakira, Laura Dern, Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, Julia Stiles, Tom Hanks, Quentin Tarantino ..
Directed by: Amanda Micheli
Release date: 2022-06-08

Maitanam - The Story of Football in Kerala

9.8/10 IMDB

Football in the Indian State of Kerala runs through the fabric of its society, where "football is life and life is football". The film brings you six unique stories that take you on a journey across the football crazy land of Kerala.

Starring: Shaiju Damodaran, Rufus D'Souza ..
Directed by: Misha Kumar
Release date: 2022-05-02

Manchester in the 1970s

8.8/10 IMDB

Talks about life in early Manchester and interviews people from abroad and what difficulties ethnic minorities faced when they first arrived to work and start a life in a new country.

Starring: Zain Ullah ..
Directed by: Zain Ullah
Release date: 2022-06-28

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

7.6/10 IMDB

The life of internationally renowned artist and activist Nan Goldin is told through her slideshows, intimate interviews, ground-breaking photography, and rare footage of her personal fight to hold the Sackler family accountable for the overdose crisis.

Starring: Nan Goldin, Marina Berio, Megan Kapler, Harry Cullen, Noemi Bonazzi, Patrick Radden Keefe, Darryl Pinckney, David Wojnarowicz, Cookie Mueller, David Armstrong ..
Directed by: Laura Poitras
Release date: 2022-11-23

Sex, Love, Misery: New New York

9.4/10 IMDB

Swiping. Dating. Ghosting. Have you wondered what was really going on in your date's head? "Sex, Love, Misery" reveals candid thoughts and encounters between diverse singles looking to mingle or marry, from initial texts to hook ups and beyond.

Starring: Emile Filippi, Aisha Kerensa, Troy Weekes, Camila Allison, Jack Terzi, Izzie Zuniga ..
Directed by: Shannon Alexander
Release date: 2022-05-26

Chernobyl: The Lost Tapes

7.9/10 IMDB

The story of Chernobyl told through a newly discovered hoard of dramatic footage filmed at the nuclear plant during the disaster and deeply personal interviews of those who were there, directed by Emmy Award-winner and Russian-speaker James Jones.

Starring: Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev ..
Directed by: James Jones
Release date: 2022-02-28

1946: The Mistranslation That Shifted Culture

9.5/10 IMDB

A journey which unveils the mystery of how theology, history, culture, and politics led to a Biblical mistranslation, the man who tried to stop it, and the impassioned academic crusade of the LGBTQIA+ Christian community-driven to discover the truth.

Starring: Kai Shappley, Vittorio Wyatt Gray, Benjamin Carlton, Kimberly Shappley, Ed Oxford, Ali Gattison, Kyle Gattison, Kathy Baldock, Sara Cunningham, Ken Fong ..
Directed by: Sharon Roggio
Release date: 2022-11-12

The Longest Month

9.1/10 IMDB

Four hard-hitting stores, from the deadliest period in U.S. Army Aviation, since Vietnam. Actual footage from the events, and interviews from the Soldiers, who were there - bring these intense and touching stories of courage and sacrifice to life.

Directed by: Kenn Christenson
Release date: 2022-02-27

Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off

8.0/10 IMDB

A wide-ranging, definitive look at Hawk’s life and iconic career, and his relationship with the sport with which he’s been synonymous for decades, featuring unprecedented access, never-before-seen footage, and interviews with Hawk and prominent figures in the sport including Stacy Peralta, Rodney Mullen, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, Neil Blender, Andy MacDonald, Duane Peters, Sean Mortimer, and Christian Hosoi.

Starring: Tony Hawk, Stacy Peralta, Rodney Mullen, Mike McGill, Lance Mountain, Steve Caballero, Neil Blender, Andy Macdonald, Duane Peters, Sean Mortimer ..
Directed by: Sam Jones
Release date: 2022-03-12

Nothing Compares

7.6/10 IMDB

Since the beginning of her career, Sinéad O’Connor has used her powerful voice to challenge the narratives she was surrounded by while growing up in predominantly Roman Catholic Ireland. Despite her agency, depth and perspective, O’Connor’s unflinching refusal to conform means that she has often been patronized and unfairly dismissed as an attention-seeking pop star.

Starring: Sinéad O'Connor, John Reynolds, Margo Harkin, Michael Hutchence, Kurt Cobain, George H.W. Bush, Tim Robbins, Bob Marley, John F. Kennedy, Joe Pesci ..
Directed by: Kathryn Ferguson
Release date: 2022-09-23
Best Documentary Movies of 2022 : Pasang: In the Shadow of Everest

Pasang: In the Shadow of Everest

8.7/10 IMDB

Transcending cultural barriers and consistently going against the grain, female Nepali climber Pasang Lhamu Sherpa attempted to summit Everest four times in the early nineties. Although she was not allowed to attend school as a child, Pasang did not let that stop her from pursuing her dreams. After founding her own trekking company in Kathmandu, she blazed a trail for Nepali women via her efforts to summit Everest. Proving how big you can dream and how far you can go to achieve those dreams, she left a legacy not only for the family she has left behind, but for the myriad women following in her footsteps.

Starring: Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, Marc Batard ..
Directed by: Nancy Svendsen
Release date: 2022-03-03

Fate of a Sport

8.9/10 IMDB

After enduring eleven years as one of the most dominant and controversial players in a professional lacrosse league that was anything but professional, Paul Rabil decides to take the game into his own hands. Partnering with his brother Mike Rabil, the Rabil brothers attempt to raise the capital, poach the top players, fight off lawsuits, and persevere through a global pandemic to change the trajectory of professional sports by launching the Premier Lacrosse League. To complicate matters, Paul must navigate the politics of playing in the league that he also runs.

Starring: Paul Rabil ..
Directed by: Michael Doneger
Release date: 2022-08-29

Facing Nolan

7.9/10 IMDB

In the world of Major League Baseball no one has created a mythology like Nolan Ryan. Told from the point of view of the hitters who faced him and the teammates who revered him, Facing Nolan is the definitive documentary of a Texas legend.

Starring: Nolan Ryan, George W. Bush, Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Pete Rose ..
Directed by: Bradley Jackson
Release date: 2022-05-24

Good Night Oppy

7.7/10 IMDB

The inspirational true story of Opportunity, a rover that was sent to Mars for a 90-day mission but ended up surviving for 15 years. Follow Opportunity’s groundbreaking journey on Mars and the remarkable bond forged between a robot and her humans millions of miles away.

Starring: Angela Bassett, Steve Squyres, Jennifer Trosper, Rob Manning, Kobie Boykins, Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu, Doug Ellison, Abigail Fraeman, Vandi Verma ..
Directed by: Ryan White
Release date: 2022-11-04
Best Documentary Movies of 2022 : The Weeknd: 103.5 Dawn FM

The Weeknd: 103.5 Dawn FM

8.6/10 IMDB

Live performance broadcast of The Weeknd's album Dawn FM.

Starring: The Weeknd, Jim Carrey, Quincy Jones, Tyler, The Creator, Josh Safdie, Lil Wayne ..
Directed by: Micah Bickham, Toby Santos
Release date: 2022-01-07

Rebuilding Word On The Water

8.8/10 IMDB

An old floating bookshop with no engine, run by eccentric canal boaters requires a repair. The issue is the repair shop is 30 miles away. An arduous journey spanning over half a year follows as they struggle to repair the shop in time and maintain friendships with one another.

Starring: Stephane Chaudat, Paddy Screech, Jonathan Privett, James Bentley, Everton Bahadur Young, Kanta Kaur, Liam Lens, Stephanie Smith ..
Directed by: Jochnowicz
Release date: 2022-08-28

This Much I Know to Be True

7.7/10 IMDB

Like all musicians in 2021, Nick Cave was unable to connect with his audience in person. He uses this concert film to break the vocal and instrumental silence, talk about himself and perform songs from “Ghosteen” and “Carnage”, with help from Warren Ellis.

Starring: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Earl Cave, Andrew Dominik, Marianne Faithfull ..
Directed by: Andrew Dominik
Release date: 2022-05-11
Best Documentary Movies of 2022 : Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel

Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel

7.9/10 IMDB

Features Jerrod Carmichael in a standup comedy show at the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City.

Starring: Jerrod Carmichael ..
Directed by: Bo Burnham
Release date: 2022-04-01

Lucy and Desi

7.7/10 IMDB

Explore the unlikely partnership and enduring legacy of one of the most prolific power couples in entertainment history. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz risked everything to be together.

Starring: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Lucie Arnaz, Bette Midler, Carol Burnett, Laura LaPlaca, Norman Lear, Desi Arnaz Jr., Journey Gunderson, Gregg Oppenheimer ..
Directed by: Amy Poehler
Release date: 2022-01-22

The Most Canceled Man in America

8.4/10 IMDB

A young political activist is openly targeted by the US Government for his involvement in nationwide protests and the events of January 6th, 2021. With his money seized and no ability to board a plane, he leads a movement to new heights.

Starring: Nicholas J Fuentes, Beardson Beardly, Kai Schwemmer, Tyler Russell, Vincent James, Nick Fuentes ..
Directed by: Paul Escandon
Release date: 2022-07-14
Best Documentary Movies of 2022 : The Incredulous Case of Aliens, the US Govt, and Arnie Smith

The Incredulous Case of Aliens, the US Govt, and Arnie Smith

8.6/10 IMDB

Filmmaker Bill Howard follows up on a letter from a deceased government insider that brings him to some startling information regarding aliens and the United States government.

Starring: William J Howard III ..
Directed by: William J Howard III
Release date: 2022-08-19

The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unheard Tapes

6.2/10 IMDB

This documentary explores the mystery surrounding the death of movie icon Marilyn Monroe through previously unheard interviews with her inner circle.

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Robert F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Anthony Summers, Linzi Hateley, CJ Johnson, Sorel Johnson, Andre Lillis, Sion Lloyd, Shelagh McLeod ..
Directed by: Emma Cooper
Release date: 2022-04-27

We Were Hyphy

9.5/10 IMDB

A love song to the artists, dance, music, slang, clothes and, most importantly of all, the people who came of age during the Hyphy Movement. ? We were there, we were hyphy.

Starring: Benjamin Earl Turner, G-Eazy, Kamaiyah, Rafael Casal, Mistah F.A.B. ..
Directed by: Laurence Madrigal
Release date: 2022-04-01
Best Documentary Movies of 2022 : The Greatest Lie Ever Sold: George Floyd and the Rise of BLM

The Greatest Lie Ever Sold: George Floyd and the Rise of BLM

7.1/10 IMDB

On the 2-year anniversary of George Floyd's death, Candace revisits Minneapolis and the violent, racially-divided aftermath that fueled BLM's global rise-and filled its coffers.

Starring: Candace Owens ..
Directed by: Candace Owens
Release date: 2022-10-12

The Redeem Team

7.4/10 IMDB

Using unprecedented Olympic footage and behind-the-scenes material, The Redeem Team tells the story of the US Olympic Men's Basketball Team’s quest for gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing following the previous team’s shocking performance four years earlier in Athens.

Starring: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Mike Krzyzewski, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Carmelo Anthony, Carlos Boozer, Doug Collins ..
Directed by: Jon Weinbach
Release date: 2022-10-07

The Beatles: Get Back - The Rooftop Concert

9.0/10 IMDB

On the 30th of January, 1969, the Beatles performed an unannounced concert from the rooftop of their Apple Corps headquarters at Savile Row, within central London's office and fashion district. Experience the final and unforgettable iconic performance of The Beatles in a special 60-minute presentation, digitally remastered into the image and sound quality of IMAX DMR technology.

Starring: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Y?ko Ono, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, George Martin, Mal Evans, Linda McCartney ..
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Release date: 2022-01-30


7.8/10 IMDB

Back from war in Afghanistan, a young British soldier struggling with depression and PTSD finds a second chance in the Amazon rainforest when he meets an American scientist, and together they foster an orphaned baby ocelot.

Starring: Dante Cueva Altamirano, Cristian De La Cruz, Erick Scott Vargas Laura, Niery Tafur Olortegui, Eduardo Quilca, Roxana Cachique Rengifo, Colette Turner, Harry Turner, Samatha Zwicker ..
Directed by: Melissa Lesh, Trevor Beck Frost
Release date: 2022-12-21
Best Documentary Movies of 2022 : Home Is Somewhere Else

Home Is Somewhere Else

8.4/10 IMDB

Accessing the "American Dream" is still not possible for everyone, even less so for those from immigrant backgrounds: for undocumented youths, their hopes for the future coexist with permanent fear of possible deportation. This is a window inside the hearts and minds of these young dreamers, and the undocumented.

Directed by: Carlos Hagerman, Jorge Villalobos
Release date: 2022-06-13

OLIVIA RODRIGO: driving home 2 u (a SOUR film)

7.1/10 IMDB

Grammy® winner singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo takes a familiar road trip from Salt Lake City, where she began writing her debut album “SOUR,” to Los Angeles. Along the way, Rodrigo recounts the memories of writing and creating her record-breaking debut album and shares her feelings as a young woman navigating a specific time in her life. Through new live arrangements of her songs, intimate interviews and never-before-seen footage from the making of the album, audiences will follow Olivia along on a cinematic journey exploring the story of “SOUR.”

Starring: Olivia Rodrigo, Jacob Collier, Blu DeTiger, Towa Bird, Dan Nigro ..
Directed by: Stacey Lee
Release date: 2022-03-25

Is That Black Enough for You?!?

7.3/10 IMDB

A look at the Black revolution in 1970s cinema, from genre films to social realism, from the making of new superstars to the craft of rising auteurs.

Starring: Margaret Avery, Harry Belafonte, Charles Burnett, Laurence Fishburne, Whoopi Goldberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Suzanne de Passe, Glynn Turman, Billy Dee Williams, Zendaya ..
Directed by: Elvis Mitchell
Release date: 2022-10-09

Love, Tom

8.0/10 IMDB

Over the course of a single night in Nashville, Oscar, Golden Globe and GRAMMY nominated songwriter Tom Douglas narrates a letter of hope to a desperate world.

Starring: Tom Douglas ..
Directed by: Michael Lennox
Release date: 2022-02-24
Best Documentary Movies of 2022 : Carole King & James Taylor: Just Call Out My Name

Carole King & James Taylor: Just Call Out My Name

8.1/10 IMDB

Explore the 50-year friendship between award-winning singer/songwriters James Taylor and Carole King. The duo famously performed at Los Angeles’s Troubadour in 1970, and in 2010 made a triumphant return performance.

Starring: Carole King, James Taylor, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, Leland Sklar ..
Directed by: Frank Marshall
Release date: 2022-01-02

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